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Body of former Oregon resident, Eagle Scout recovered at Colorado peak

Searchers have recovered the body of a former Oregon, Wisconsin, resident who was reported missing after he told friends he planned to climb the highest peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Park officials say 25-year-old Peter Jeffris' body was spotted by a helicopter search crew Thursday about 200 feet below a popular route up Longs Peak.

Jeffris was a 2007 graduate of Edgewood High School, an Eagle Scout and was honored by the United Way of Dane County as the 2007 Community Youth Service Award winner. He left his mark on his hometown of Oregon by spending more than a hundred hours building a duplex in 2006 for Habitat for Humanity.

"He was enthusiastic and focused and did anything they wanted him to do," said Oregon Habitat volunteer Bernie Treichel.� "He often would be the first one on the site and be the last one to leave."

Jeffris was living in Colorado and still has family in Oregon.

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Village: Crew working to restore water to south part of Oregon

A portion of the village was having water issues Tuesday, according to a post from the village on its website.

The south end of Oregon is having issues with water pressure or lack of water, according to the alert dated Tuesday at 3 p.m.

The village said the water department was aware of the issue and were on site "working on a solution to restore service."

The village did not post an estimated time that water service would be restored but said the crew was working to fix it as soon as possible.

4 arrested in monthslong investigation following heroin death

Two men are charged with reckless homicide and two others were arrested following a monthslong drug investigation after the overdose death of a town of Dunkirk man, officials said.

Dane County sheriff's spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said Tuesday afternoon that detectives began an investigation on July 4 when 25-year-old Dylan Nelson died of a heroin overdose at his home.

The investigation led detectives to 26-year-old Robbert Knipfer, of Stoughton, who reportedly sold Nelson heroin the day he died. The sheriff's department said 25-year-old Cody Merkes, of Oregon, also allegedly sold Nelson heroin in the past.

The sheriff's department said 22-year-old Devin L. Eisner was arrested during a domestic-related call to a home on the 2000 block of Door Creek Road in Stoughton on July 5. According to the report, officials searched the home and found large sums of cash, heroin and prescription drugs, which Eisner told detectives he bought from Merkes to reportedly re-sell.

Youth center gains independence, nonprofit status

Time was not on its side, but the Oregon Youth Center is now an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation with a new Board of Directors.

And most importantly, for the dozens of kids who visit it daily, nothing has changed.

That was far from a certainty back in July, when the YMCA of Dane County announced it would cease operating and end its association with the center at the start of the school year. The Y later pushed back its date to sever ties to early November.

That extra time gave manager Diane Newlin and the center’s Advisory Board a few months to transition to independence. In the end, said Newlin and others who participated, it was “a seamless transition.” But it required the help of volunteers from the within village and beyond... Read More

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Free community band concert Tuesday

If you're in the mood for music, mark Tuesday on the calendar.

The Oregon Community Band is putting on a free concert at 7 p.m.

It will be held at Rome Corners Intermediate School on 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon, according to the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce.

Treats will be provided, organizers said.

While the concert is free, please bring food or other items that can be donated to the Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry.

You can find more information on that pantry here.

Proposed budget would slightly increase 2015 property tax

The proposed 2015 village of Oregon budget significantly increases spending on streets and spends $400,000 on a new piece of equipment for public works.

Village homeowners would see a slight increase in property taxes for next year... Read More

Veterans Day ceremonies start at 11 a.m. downtown

Dating back nearly 100 years to Nov. 11, 1918, when an armistice signed between the Allied nations and Germany effectively ended World War I, the United States has celebrated its veterans on Nov. 11. 

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”... Read More